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Spooky Northwick tales feature in new book

Worcester Editorial 19th Nov, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE SPOOKY goings on in a Northwick house are being re-told across the Atlantic after a former resident decided to reveal all about the creaks and frights of his time there.

Glenn James based his story ‘Housebound’ on events which happened at his previous home in Northwick Road and it has now been used in Ghost Anthology, which has hit bookshelves in America.

The 44-year-old, who now lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has been published in five separate anthologies since December 2012 but told The Observer his time in the house was hard to shake off.

“When we were shown around the house there was an old painting that we were told not to touch,” he said.

“When we moved in we couldn’t get a connection to the Internet, so we had a BT engineer come out to look at it.

“The connection box was in the same place as this painting. It was taking a long time to fix so I offered the bloke a cup of tea. When I came back the painting had been taken out.

“After that we had a very peculiar feeling about the house, a strange atmosphere,” he added. “We always had an impression that a Victorian lady was not very happy we were there, it felt very uncomfortable.

“Sometimes things would be moved to places there was no way they could get there, giving a poltergeist feel to it all. The story was built around that, but we were uncomfortable and had an opportunity to move so decided to get out.

“I wanted to write this story for quite some time and it’s one of those ones that stays in your mind. I had never written a full-on ghost story before, so thought; ‘I really want to write this’.

“My wife Angela, also a writer and poet, suggested to me this anthology was looking for submissions, so I looked into it and they were looking for ghost stories in specific. I am indebted to Angela really.”

Glenn, who is also a children’s storyteller, said he was delighted at having his work published in such a high-profile book.

“I am really thrilled to bits with the news,” he said. “It’s been a wonderful year for my work, and this is really something special

“Dark Hall are based in the same city where H.P. Lovecraft came from, and as a dark writer, it’s a real honour to be part of the collection.”

Alongside Glenn’s work, ‘Ghost Anthology’ features the writers Gordon Clemmons, Victoria Dalpe, Margaret Whittock, Morgan Crooks, Darin Kennedy, John McIlveen, Jacob Lambert, Marie Robinson, and Tim Bayliss.

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